Neshama Carlebach (far right) performing with leading Israeli singers in Israel during the most recent Lebanon War.
Ynet has an interview with Neshama Carlebach, who performed in Israel during the latest war, traveling there even though 7 1/2 months pregnant and while missiles were falling.
Yet many will focus not on that but on this:
My father never told me not to sing for men. I’ll tell you exactly what he said. He said that if we lived in a time when everyone Jewish women was lighting Shabbat candles and every Jewish women felt that she had a voice to talk to G-d then women wouldn’t have to sing.
"But as long as there is even one woman in the world who feels disconnected and far from G-d, she thinks that she is limited and she thinks that she doesn’t have the same rights, the same opportunities, then, he said, my daughter has to sing. And he said this to me even before I thought this would be my career. I didn’t think what I was doing was so important, but then after my father died it became a part of my heart."
Kol isha is a rabbinic law that had wide interpretation in the Jewish world until recently. Many Sefardic rabbis permitted kol isha as long as the songs sung were religious in nature. The Mordechai, a prominent Ashkenazi Rishon, I believe did the same.
But few of today's Orthodox Jews know this. And few care.
Let the invective begin.